California doctors’ top brass attended French Laundry dinner with Newsom

OAKLAND — Cal­i­for­nia Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion offi­cials were among the guests seat­ed next to Gov. Gavin New­som at a top Cal­i­for­nia polit­i­cal operative’s opu­lent birth­day din­ner at the French Laun­dry restau­rant this month.

CEO Dustin Cor­co­ran and top CMA lob­by­ist Janus Nor­man both joined the din­ner at the French Laun­dry, an elite Napa fine din­ing restau­rant, to cel­e­brate the 50th birth­day of lob­by­ist and long­time New­som advis­er Jason Kin­ney, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the pow­er­ful inter­est group con­firmed Wednes­day morning.

Both Nor­man and Cor­co­ran are friends of Kin­ney, as is New­som, who referred this week to his 20-year friend­ship with Kin­ney. In a pho­to obtained by Fox LA, Nor­man is clear­ly vis­i­ble seat­ed to New­som’s left.

The pres­ence of CMA brass could ampli­fy crit­i­cisms of the din­ner occur­ring despite coro­n­avirus restric­tions that have lim­it­ed Cal­i­for­ni­ans’ move­ments and con­strained busi­ness­es. While New­som and Kinney’s lob­by­ing firm have said the meal abid­ed by pub­lic health rules, it has struck a chord with Cal­i­for­ni­ans who have assailed the upscale soiree as hyp­o­crit­i­cal as coro­n­avirus cas­es surge.

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